COYS Blenheim Concours great success


COYS have added an additional venue into their already busy diary of auctions in the UK due to the volume of vehicles from around the world that they are currently being offered for sale.

The announcement was made at Blenheim palace on Saturday July 5th after another successful auction and a Concours Delegance, which is growing every year and taking on a well deserved international status.

We will be going back to one of our most famous venues on October 4th, said Managing Director, Chris Routledge. We had been selective with our venues both in the UK and in Europe this year but we have seen an unprecedented growth in our auction sales business in the last few months and, because of that, have added Ascot.

He added: The classic car market is extremely active at the moment with high prices still being achieve with as many people looking at the classic car market as an alternative to stocks and shares.

With nearly 80 cars going under the hammer, it was standing room only at the auction with collectors and dealers attending from all over the world.

Highest price of the day went to a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, which saw intense bidding in the room and on the telephone and eventually sellin for 290,000 ($580,000).

Other high prices included 125,000 ($ 250,000) for a factory experimental and development 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Dual Cowl Super Sports Phaeton and 122,000 ($244,000) for a 1937 Bentley 4 Litre All Weather tourer by Thrupp and Maberly.

A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 saloon in red sold for 90,000 ($ 180,000) and a 1977 Jaguar E-Type V12 series III roadster Commemorative Edition sold for 78,000 ($156,000).

It was one of several Jaguars that sold well in the Jaguar legend part of the sale. Several film and television cars went under the hammer with 8,000 ($16,000) being paid for a Bentley Mulsanne which had been turned into a Bacon Sandwich: by the famousChop Shop crew and shown on the Discovery Channel and 3,000 ($6,000) being paid for a Mr Bean Mini that appeared in the famous series.

While the auction attracted hundreds of people, more than 50 cars turned up for the COYS/Octane Concours with an eclectic variety of cars being judged by Octane Editor Robert Coucher, Steve Wakefield from Classic Driver, Charles Harbord, Editor of Cars for the Connoisseur and Giuseppe De Wilde, General Manager of the Bluebird Club in London.

They had a hard time agreeing about some of the cars but eventually the winners of the five classes were: Best of British, a 1965 Aston Martin owned by Mr. M Grenfell from Cirencester; Continental cars: a 1929 Hispano Suiza owned by Mr. Paul Gregory from Hurstbourne Tarrant; The Spirit of Motoring: a 1966 Singer Vogue owned by Mr. Lee Richards from Maidenhead, Berkshire; Forza Italia: a 1968 Lamborghini Miura owned by Mr. John Barlow; Jaguar XK Class: a 1951 Jaguar XK120 roadster owned by Mr. Mike Birtwhistle from Heywood, which had been previously owned by the cartoonist Giles.

Chris Routledge said: “The Concours is an important event in its own right and one which we are going to develop. We want it to become an event that anyone can come to in any collectible car“

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